ANNOUNCEMENTS from Dec. 4, 2007:
Jackie Walton announced a legislative update organized by the N.C. Justice
Center for this next Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Children & Family
Services Center, 601 E. Fifth St. Speakers are from the Justice Center, the
N.C. Budget and Tax Center, and the United Way.
Natheley McElrath urged Forum participants to bring a gag gift next Tuesday,
Dec. 11, for the Dec. 18 Christmas party. "Bring something someone gave you
that you're trying to get rid of." Gifts will be used during games at the
Richard McElrath announced that the Mixed Income Housing Coalition would
meet next Tuesday, Dec. 11. For more information, e-mail McElrath at
Michael Sexton sent in an announcement that the Mecklenburg County Domestic
Violence Advocacy Council would march atThe Square Thursday, Dec. 6, to mark
the death of a CMS cafeteria worker Monday as a result of domestic violence.
The march "is intended to broaden the public's awareness that there is help
available. This is not a memorial." The time is 12:15 at Trade and Tryon
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Dec. 11, 2007:
Natheley McElrath announced that next Tuesday's Christmas party would
include a Forum slide-show year-end review in pictures, the Christmas
Quiz, the ever-hilarious game Take A Gift, and music and caroling.
District Commissioner Valerie Woodard denounced Mayor Pat McCrory's
comments expressing concern about the Democratic Party's selection of
Nick Mackey to succeed Jim Pendergraph. She suggested that "the longer
it takes for us to confirm" the party's decision "the uglier it is going
Housing Authority Commissioner Rodney Moore said the Authority would at
noon on Dec. 21 announce a "Moving to Work" agreement with the federal
Housing and Urban Development Department that reduce regulation of
Authority from Washington and "change the way we do business."
Blanche Penn announced that she had $2 raffle tickets for sale, proceeds
from which would help Students Together Against Recklessness finance a
trip to Little Rock, Ark.
Louise Woods asked for more signatures on the League of Women Voters
Call to Action presented at last week's Forum.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400
Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The
phone number is 704-393-1560.
ANNOUNCEMENTS from Dec. 18, 2007:
At the conclusion of Tuesday’s Christmas Party, Sarah Stevenson
announced that the Forum would stand adjourned for the holidays until
Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Sarah Stevenson thanked all for their “cooperation over the years. And
have a blessed Christmas and New Year.”
Upcoming Forum speakers are, Jan. 8: Dr. Ralph Taylor, CMS executive
director of alternative education and safe schools; and Aretha Blake, an
attorney specializing in excluded students; Jan. 15, House of Love,
feeding the hungry; Jan. 29: N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham on a two-year,
$487,000 Gates Foundation grant. The Lee Institute announced that the
grant would be used “to design a broad-based community process to
support student achievement.”
Thomas Moore announced a Jazz Christmas service at 1:30 p.m. on
Christmas Eve in the sanctuary at Myers Park United Methodist Church,
1501 Queens Road in Myers Park.
Thomas Moore announced his 28th Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration for
Families and Children for Monday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m.-noon at the Dale
F. Halton Theater on the CPCC Main campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Free
parking available at the Staff & Faculty garage on Fourth Street.
Tickets $8 for children, $10 for adults. Advance ticket sales at Black
Forest Books and Toys, 115 Cherokee Rd.
Ahmad Daniels sent in an announcement of Charlotte events marking
Umoja (Unity), Wednesday, Dec. 26, 7-9 p.m., Beatties Ford Road Library,
2412 Beatties Ford Rd. Discuss the meaning and importance of Kwanzaa.
Listen and dance to the beat of African drums.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Thursday, Dec. 27, 7-9 p.m., Freedom
Regional Library, 1230 Alleghany Ave. Dancers and drummers from the
McCrorey YMCA and The Second Calvary Baptist Church.
Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility), Friday, Dec. 28, 7-9 p.m.,
West Blvd.Library, 2157 West Blvd. To build and develop our community
together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and
to solve them together. Another educational and informational evening
with just enough entertainment to keep the occasion light without
Nia (Purpose), Saturday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m., Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties
Ford Rd. A Sign Of The Time will present a first for the citywide
Kwanzaa celebration, interpreting the holiday through the discipline of
Imani (Faith), Tuesday, Jan. 1, 6-8 p.m., Afro-American Cultural Center,
401 N. Myers St. (corner of McDowell and 7th streets. The two principals
left out above will be discussed in full at the other venues.
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